Ac*cel"er*ate (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accelerated (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Accelerating.] [L. acceleratus, p. p. of accelerare; ad + celerare to hasten; celer quick. See Celerity.]


To cause to move faster; to quicken the motion of; to add to the speed of; -- opposed to retard.


To quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of; as, to accelerate the growth of a plant, the increase of wealth, etc.


To hasten, as the occurence of an event; as, to accelerate our departure.

Accelerated motion Mech., motion with a continually increasing velocity. -- Accelerating force, the force which causes accelerated motion.


Syn. -- To hasten; expedite; quicken; dispatch; forward; advance; further.


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